Cinema: Unholy Western

Major Dundee. On his own initiative, the fanatic U.S. Cavalry major recruits thieves, drunkards, and Confederate prisoners for a punitive mission against a band of Apaches who have kidnaped three children. Why? "I intend to smite the wicked," he declares.

When his ragged troops reach the near shore of the Rio Grande, the major must give up the chase or ford the river into Mexico. How? "We'd better walk on water," suggests an aide.

Major Dundee is Charlton Heston, and the writers of this long-winded, quasi-Biblical western apparently had fun filling their script with reminders that the star has previously played such roles...

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